********THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED.********
Purell and I coaxed a couple of our co-workers into going to Ding's Garden (534 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel) with us.
You might be wondering why coaxing was necessary.
This is what Purell and I were seeking.
So glorious. So delectable. So aromatically powerful that Slim begged us to eat it quickly, so she didn't have to inhale the noxious fumes anymore.
Absolutely loved this spicy steamed version ($3.29). Malodorous awesomeness.
Ding's also offers fried stinky tofu ($3.29).
I wasn't as big a fan of this. It was oddly flavorless. Purell took one for the team and gobbled it up while I devoured the steamed stench.
Meanwhile, our cowardly cohorts helped us with some other more fragrant dishes.
Shanghai rice cakes ($4.99).
Nice and bouncy.
Xiao long bao ($4.99).
Fairly standard. Several were punctured, which made me sad.
Also fairly standard. Beautifully browned, but definitely could've been juicier.
Dan dan noodles ($3.99)
Quite lovely and springy. This place does noodles and rice cakes very well.
If you're looking for stinky tofu, I highly recommend the steamed version at Ding's Garden. I'll be back for it. The great prices don't hurt either.